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UK fashion and textile tariffs in a ‘no deal’ Brexit


**UPDATE: February 2020**

Following the election of a new government and the UK officially leaving the EU, negotiations on a new free-trade agreement are about to begin. No deal still remains a possibility at the end of 2020 and if there is no deal, currently all imports to the UK from the EU will be subject to tariffs. To stay up-to-date with the latest developments, sign up to the UKFT newsletter here.

**UPDATE: February 2020**

Import Tariffs

The UK government has published details of which imports into the UK would be subject to new import tariffs if the UK leaves the EU under a ‘no deal’ scenario.

This list includes around 80 fashion products including jeans, T-shirts and men’s jackets, and a dozen other products including some gloves, bed linen and table linen. The average tariff rate for these 100 products will be 12%.

Details of the products and the tariff rates by 8 digit HS code can be found below.

UK Import Tariffs in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit

In the event that we leave without a deal almost all fashion and textile products will be able to enter the UK duty free.

However you may need to pay different rates of customs duty (tariffs) on a limited number of imports.

The import tariff schedule is only temporary and would last for 12 months from the date that we leave the EU without a deal.

  • Northern Ireland

The tariffs on imports would not apply to goods crossing from Ireland into Northern Ireland.

Currently, if the UK leaves the EU with no deal, the UK government would not introduce any new checks or controls on goods at the land border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

  • GSP/GSP+ and EBA

Countries such as Bangladesh and Nepal which currently get duty free access to the UK under GSP/EBA arrangements would not be subject to any import tariff.

Tariffs on Exports to the EU

In the event of a no deal all UK exports to the EU would be subject to a tariff. The average EU tariffs for our sector are 4% for yarn, 8% for fabric and 12% for clothing. Footwear and accessories such as handbags would have different tariffs.

Details of the tariffs that would apply to exports to the EU in the event of a no deal can be found below.

EU Tariff rates in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit

It is not yet clear whether the UK will leave the European Union with or without a deal. We do not currently know what a deal looks like but we do know what ‘no deal’ looks like and HM Government is attempting to prepare companies for that eventuality. UKFT is doing everything it can to make this process easier for fashion and textile exporters (and importers) by posting the most important documents and links here.

These are not the only ones but they are the most important for our industry. We will update them as information becomes available.